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GTCC Spring 2016

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Oh ok so we are supposed to be there? If you dont mind me asking...what number alternate are you? Im #13, I'm already dissappointed I didnt get a seat so I really don't want to b there unless their are possible seats available. Otherwise I don't want to waste my time. I have been calling but neither coordinator ever answers the phone.

have you been accepted by any chance?

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Hey all,

I am a member of the December 2016 class (so I started last Spring) and I was reading through this and thought I would give you guys a bit of a heads up as to what you're walking into since it's coming up fast. I don't know about the size of your class, but we started out with about 55 students (Spring classes are always smaller) and we had about ten people still taking Anatomy & Physiology. They tend to be a little more lenient than what they tell you about working with people's schedules if they're in A&P. You will have class from 4-7 three days a week (every other semester so far it's only been twice a week) with a six(ish) hour clinical. The benchmark for passing is a 78% (meaning your exams have to average that for you to pass the class). The biggest reason that people fail out of Nur 111 is the pharmacology portion of the class, so make sure to pay extra attention in there. The skills check-off at the end of the semester is also not a big deal, nobody in my class got kicked out because of skills. They will tell you a ton of ways that you can fail out of school, the best thing to do is just to ignore them. They also tend to micro manage (Girls, when you're in your scrubs it is absolutely unacceptable to wear your hair in a ponytail, it has to be off your neck. They also gave us a HARD time about wrinkled scrubs), but that has lightened up after the first semester. The biggest thing I can tell you is that they are still trying to weed people out, so do not let them get to you.

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Thanks tfesmire for giving us a heads up. Just have a few questions if you don't mind answering. First, what tips could you give us for passing Pharm. Second, did you find it possible to work during the program? I'm going to take January off to see how I adjust, but I'm going to have to start working again in order to survive. Lastly, how hard is the program as a whole? Hope that isn't too broad of a question.

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As far as working goes, it really depends on your situation. I have worked 32 hours a week the entire time, but I work night shift, and I work in the PACU where I don't always have patients and have plenty of time to study. I know another student who works full time night shift in an ICU, but her kids are all grown. Most people work PRN or part time, but I have to work full time because my boyfriend can't support us both and I need the health insurance, so it really depends on if you have small kids, if you're on your own, and how comfortable you are with studying. Personally, I don't need hours and hours each week to study and I don't have kids whereas some people do, which makes it easier for me to work.

As far as pharm goes, (and this really goes for the program as a whole) don't make it harder than what it is. What this program is really teaching you is how to answer NCLEX questions, and what they are going to drill into you is to look at the information given to you in the question, and only the information in the question. You are looking for the best answer in the answers provided even though there may be a better answer not listed (if that makes any sense). As far as pharm goes, they will give you everything that you need to know in the power points and the notes. I really don't recommend using the book for pharm because it contains WAY more information than you need. For example, tetracyclines are a class of antibiotic. There are a million things to know about tetracyclines, but the question that I remember them asking, that was covered in class, was that tetracyclines should not be given to children under 12 because it will permanently stain their teeth. You need to realize and get comfortable with the fact that you don't have to know EVERYTHING (even though we all stress out and feel like we do), but merely the information that they give you to pass the class. That makes studying a lot easier and less stressful as well. I think that a lot of people fail pharm because they freak out and make it way harder than it needs to be.

Personally, I don't find the program to be that difficult. Other than psych and peds/ob, everything builds on itself so it's not like what you learn in 111 will never be touched on again, you build on it in each class that you have. Probably the most frustrating thing is their time management. You will probably find that your time at school is not being utilized very well, and that takes some getting used to.

I will also say that I have found 111 to be the hardest class so far (I'm sure 213 in the fall will surpass that, but I'm not there yet) simply because it is a lot. It is 16 weeks, whereas every other class (except 213) is 8 weeks. You don't realize it because I'm sure you've pretty much always done 16 week classes, but it's draining. You are doing nursing 4 days a week (lecture, skills, pharm, clinic) for 16 weeks and it is a LOT of information being thrown at you constantly because they have to give you all of the fundamentals very quickly to get you into clinicals. It is easier if you have any sort of clinical experience (CNA, EMT, CMA), but it's still a major shift in your thinking process. We heard a lot of things when we were going through it, but I feel pretty confident saying that it gets better after this first semester.

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Tfesmire- Thank you so much for all the information you have given! It is very appreciated! I was wondering if you had any tips on studying and what we should utilize the most. I know former students have told me to utilize ATI like crazy, as they use alot of questions and information from those resources. Do you study from the power points? Do you try to answer questions from the objectives they have in the syallabus on each subject? Also students have said that they used NCLEX comprehensive reviews and practice questions alot to help. Peronsally, I'm one of those who tend to over study and try to study everything so if I can try to narrow it down I think that would help alot. Also I'm a very big over analyzer and tend to read into questions too much, so I know that's a no go in nursing! Any advice and help would be GREATLY appreciated! :)

Also I wanted to let everyone know that Mrs.Sarmiento emailed us the Clinic Roster with our schedule!

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ORNuRsE2be works as a Customer Service Lead.

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Since yesterday was the first day of class.... just wanted to see if anyone could give us advice on how to study? Yesterday she gave use certain things she will be covering in class. I printed out all the powerpoints, and all the information seems very scattered. Also I am looking at the Modules which have each individual topic listed, learning outcomes,resources,and activities. So should I go through each module topic by topic and answer the learning outcomes? Read the text,watch videos? I'm just trying to understand how to piece everything together so there is some sort of organization when it comes to studying. It just makes everything more confusing when they aren't doing chapter by chapter discussions, and have it organized that way. Any suggestions,thoughts or tips would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!!

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